What WE Worried About Before Moving to the ‘burbs – Terrible Food, A Non-Existent Social Life and Alligators! 

Jan 27, 2023

Our Strategists share their biggest fears about leaving the city – and why life’s truly better in suburbia.

We get it – because we’ve made the move from urban to suburban. And, yes, moving to the suburbs means lots of changes. But the reality? Some of our biggest post-city fears never really came true. Because, while the ‘burbs are very different than the city, both have their unique advantages. 

So what were we worried about – and what was just a suburban myth?

#1. Nothing for foodies

“Nothing rivals the city restaurant scene – but there are endless options in New Jersey. So many top NYC chefs have opened incredible spots in the area and there are some long-time local favorites that never disappoint. Even the most discerning foodies will be impressed.” 

Alli Levine, NYC Strategist 

Hometown: North Caldwell, NJ

#2. Finding your tribe 

“We were so worried we wouldn’t find our ‘tribe’ in the suburbs. We had such a tight-knit community in the city and I couldn’t imagine replicating that after we moved. Additionally, we did not have family so close by, moving to a new town meant making new friends! Fast forward 19 years and we’ve met amazing friends in our town that we consider family. We’ve raised our children together, vacationed together, and have been there for each other. It truly takes a VILLAGE when raising your family and I am so thankful for our people!

Robin Hoberman, NYC Strategist

Hometown: Rye Brook, NY

#3. Driving everywhere 

“I assumed moving to the suburbs meant getting into the car for everything. Amazing hiking, biking and running trails are within walking distance of my home. And while I do spend more time in the car than before, I make good use of it by listening to podcasts and having uninterrupted conversations with my tween and teen.” 

Pamela Goldman, SF Bay Area Strategist

Hometown: Tiburon, CA

#4. So long, arts and culture 

“I grew up in Manhattan and spent so much time at museums and restaurants and theaters – I couldn’t imagine giving that up after we moved. But our community has an incredible creative culture – artists, entrepreneurs, writers, makers. We love walking around downtown and checking out the local shops and nearby galleries.”

Eleanor Johnson, NYC Strategist

Hometown: Larchmont, NY

#5. Ho-Hum Weekends

“Our weekends in the city were packed with activities – brunch with friends, music festivals, new restaurant openings, and sporting events. I truly thought Saturdays and Sundays in the suburbs could not match that level of fun – but that couldn’t be further from the truth! There’s so much to do in the area, from concerts, local events, great dining…we’ve never been bored.”

Kelly Lehman, Atlanta Strategist

Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA

#6. Home Maintenance

“When we lived in the city and something went wrong in our apartment, it was so easy to just call the Super to come fix it. As a homeowner, we had to become a little more handy, but fortunately we have built up a list of professional experts whom we can call upon for emergencies and preventative maintenance!”

Barbara Hirsch, Boston Strategist 

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

#7. Alligators. Yes, Alligators. 

“Moving to Florida and living near a wildlife preservation area and man-made lake, I was terrified of alligators and snakes. I learned that they don’t bother you if you just let them be!” 

Melissa Schneider, South Florida Strategist

Hometown: Delray Beach, FL

Sound familiar? Let’s talk! Our strategy team is here to help connect you with the right communities for your lifestyle. Schedule a strategy session now. 

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